What Are Neuromuscular Disorders?

Neuromuscular disorders are diseases that affect the nerves controlling your voluntary muscles. When your nerve cells become diseased, the messages they send to your muscles fail. That can lead to muscle weakness, twitching, pain and difficulty with movement.

The Northwestern Medicine Neurosciences team* treats a wide range of neuromuscular disorders, including these common conditions:

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome: Compression of the median nerve at the base of the palm, causing numbness, tingling and pain
  • Hyperhidrosis: Excessive sweating occurring most often in the hands, armpits and feet
  • Myasthenia gravis (MG): A chronic disease causing weakness of the muscles in the eyes, arms and legs as well muscles that control swallowing, breathing and speech
  • Neuropathy (peripheral neuropathy): Muscle weakness, numbness, pain, cramps, and loss of coordination and muscle control
  • Radiculopathy: A herniated disc in the spine that pinches the spinal cord or a spinal nerve
  • Sciatica: The sensation of shooting pain, prickliness, weakness or numbness down one of the legs
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis: A progressive disease affecting the brain and spinal cord, also known as Lou Gehrig disease
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS): The body's immune system attacks the central nervous system
  • Muscular dystrophy: A group of genetic diseases that cause muscle weakness and degeneration
  • Spinal muscular atrophy: A genetic disorder that affects the motor nerve cells in the spinal cord

The Northwestern Medicine Neuromuscular Program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital provides treatment for a full range of neuromuscular conditions. Our mission is to provide the highest quality care and treatment for patients with neuromuscular disorders, while advancing new therapies and uncovering the causes and cures of neurological diseases. Our physicians have areas of subspecialty interest in neurology and many of them are national leaders in their field.

The board-certified neurologists at Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital are trained in the diagnosis and treatment of nervous system disorders, including diseases of the brain, spinal cord, nerves and muscles. They diagnose and treat patients with a full range of neurological disorders, including neuromuscular disorders.

Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital Movement Disorders and Neurodegenerative Diseases Center

Your movement matters—at home, at work, even while doing the common tasks that everyone can take for granted. If you have a movement disorder, you deserve a level of care that can get you back to doing the things you love, with confidence and peace of mind.

The Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital Movement Disorders and Neurodegenerative Diseases Center uses an interdisciplinary team approach to provide individualized care that optimizes your treatment, outcomes and experience. Your care is provided by a focused and experienced team that includes specially trained neurologists, neurosurgeons, neuropsychologists, nurses, counselors and rehabilitative specialists who offer advanced treatment options and access to support and resources.

For more information, please contact us at 630.933.4056.


In the spirit of keeping you well-informed, the physician(s) identified are neither agents nor employees of Northwestern Memorial HealthCare or any of its affiliate organizations. They have selected our facilities as places where they want to treat and care for their private patients.